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For what you seem to fear; so the Gods keep you,
Caf. Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well;
Osta. My noble brother !
Ant. The April's in her eyes: it is love's spring,
Okta. Sir, look well to my husband's house; and
Ant. Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can
weep . ? Agr. He has a cloud in his face.
Eno. He were the worse for that were he a horse;. So is he, being a man.
Agr. Why, Enobarbus? When Antony found Julius Cæsar dead, He cried almost to roaring: and he wept, When at Philippi he found Brutus Nain. Eno. That year, indeed, he was troubled with a
rheum; . What willingly he did confound, he wail'd; · Believe it, till I weep too.
* The elements be kind, &c.] This is obscure. It seems to mean, May the different elements of the body, or principles of life, maintain fuch proportion and harmony as may keep you cheerful. JOHNSON.
The elements be kind, &c. I believe means only, May the four elements, of wbicb this world is composed, unite their influences to make
STEBVENS. were be a borse ;] A horse whose eyes appear dull and cloudy, is always suspected as likely to go blind. Steevens. 3 Believe it, till I weep too.] I have ventur’d to alter the tense VOL, VIII. N
Cæf. No, sweet Octavia,
Ant. Come, sir, come ;
my strength of love : Look, here I have you ; thus 1 let you go, And give you to the Gods.
Cæs. Adieu ; be happy!
Lep. Let all the number of the stars give light
Cæs. Farewell, farewell!
[Trumpets found. Exeunt.
SCE N E III.
The palace in Alexandria.
Enter the Messenger.
Cleo. That Herod's head
of the verb here, against the authority of all the copies. There was no sense in it, I think, as it ftood before. THEOBALD.
I am afraid there was better sense in the passage as it stood be. fore, than Mr. Theobald's alteration will afford us. Believe it, (says Enobarbus) that Aniony did fo, i. e. that he wept over fucb an event, till you jee me weeping on the same occasion, when I fall be obliged to you for putting such a construction on my tears, which, in reality, (like his will be tears of joy. I have replaced the old reading. Theobald reads, “ till I wept too." STEVENS.
Through whom I might command it.—Come thou
Mes. Most gracious majesty,
Cleo. Didst thou behold
Mes. Ay, dread queen.
Mes. Madam, in Rome
Cleo. Is she as tall as me? 4
Mej. She creeps;
Cleo. Is this certain ?
Char. Three in Ægypt
Cleo. He's very knowing,
* Is she as tall as me ? &c. &c. &c.] This scene (says Dr. Gray) is a manifeft allusion to the questions put by queen Elizabeth to fir James Melvil, concerning his mistress, the queen of Scots. Whoever will give himself the trouble to confule his Memoirs, will probably suppose the resemblance to be more than accidental.
The fellow has good judgment.
Cleo. For the most part too,
Mes: Brown, madam ; and her forehead
Cleo. There's gold for thee.
Char. A proper man.
Cleo. Indeed, he is so. I repent me much,
Char. Nothing, madam.
Sa harry'd bim.-) To barry, is to use rougbly. I meet with the word in The Revenger's Tragedy, 1607.
“ He harried her, and midst a throng, &c.” So in The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington, 1601,
“ Will barry me about instead of her." Holinshed, speaking of the body of Rich. III. fays, it was “ barried on horseback, dead.”
But 'cis no matter ; thou shalt bring him to me
Antony's house at Athens.
Enter Antony and OEt avia. Ant. Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that, That were excusable, that and thousands more Of semblable import, but he hath wag'd New wars 'gainst Pompey; made his will and read it To public ear; Spoke scantily of me when perforce he could not But pay me terms of honour, cold and sickly He vented them ; most narrow measure lent me : • When the best hinc was given him, he not took it, Or did it from his teeth.
081a. Oh, my good lord, Believe not all ; or, if you must believe, Stomach not all. A more unhappy lady, If this division chance; ne'er stood between, Praying for both parts : The good Gods will mock
me When I shall pray; “Oh, bless
husband !” pre. fently Undo that prayer, by crying out as loud, "Oh, bless my brother!" Husband win, win brother, Prays, and destroys the prayer; no midway 'Twixt these extremes at all.
Ant, Gentle Octavia, Let your best love draw to that point, which seeks * When the best bint was given him, be o’erlook”d.
Or did it from bis teeth.] The first folio reads, not look'd. Dr. Ibirlby advis’d the emendation which I have inserted in the text.